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Southeast Asia keeps a wary eye on China’s air zone expansion

Southeast Asia eyes Chinese air zone expansion (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Filipino fishermen waved from a boat bound for the Scarborough Shoal in May. China now bars access. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) Nowhere are governments keeping a closer eye on China’s latest move to press its territorial claims (see…

Boom times for the ‘Detroit of Southeast Asia’

At a high-tech factory in the world’s fastest growing auto production hub, industrial robots and white-suited workers put the finishing touches to hundreds of cars rolling off the assembly line each day. It could be a scene from Toyota City or Detroit, but this is Thailand, a country better known…

Heat stress from global warming reduces labor efficiency: study

Heat stress from global warming may be having an impact on outdoor work productivity in hot regions like northern Australia, Southeast Asia and the southern United States, a study said Sunday. In recent decades, rising temperatures and higher humidity reduced labour capacity, on paper at least, by 10 percent during…

Wildfires kill 339,000 people per year: study

Wildfires, peat fires and controlled burns on farming lands kill 339,000 people worldwide each year, said a study released on Saturday that is the first to estimate a death toll for landscape fires. Most of those deaths are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 157,000 people die as a…

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